Engineering & Travel Demand Quotes

Fun Engineering Quotes

  • I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. --Thomas Edison, inventor

  • A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. --Douglas Adams

  • A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. --Freeman Dyson

  • Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men: they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money. --John Prebble

  • Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets!

  • One has to watch out for engineers. They begin with the sewing machine and end up with the atomic bomb. --Marcel Pagnol

Thought Provoking Engineering Quotes

  • Engineering is the art of molding materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance. - Dr AR Dykes, British Institution of Structural Engineers, 1976.

  • Engineers should not approve any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization --John Fowler

  • Engineering is learning from breakages. I was taught at college 'the engineer learns most on the scrapheap'. --CA Claremont

  • Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice. – Ove Arup

  • Engineers … are not superhuman. The essence of good engineering is not only to check one’s own work but also to have one’s work checked by others. – Henry Petroski

  • Experience serves not only to confirm theory, but differs from it without disturbing it, it leads to new truths which theory only has not been able to reach. – Dalembert

  • Of all engineering, go for civil engineering, because it teaches you the most about managing people. – Sir John Harvey Jones

  • When engineers discuss aesthetics, and architects study what cranes do, we are on the right road. – Ove Arup

Travel Demand Forecasting Quotes

  • Travel demand forecasting is like peeling an onion: you peel off a layer, you cry a little. Then you peel off the next layer,
    and you cry a bit more. – --Dick Wolsfeld

  • The person who called economics ‘the dismal science’ must have been unaware of travel forecasting.
    – Written in a dismally titled “FTA Procedures and Technical Methods for Transit Project Planning”

  • We may rely too heavily on planning and forecasting and underestimate the importance of random factors.
    That reliance can lead to delusions of control. --Hillel J. Einhorn

  • Prediction is difficult, especially about the future. - Yogi Berra

  • The future isn’t what it used to be. –Yogi Berra (originally Paul Valery)